Manchester City Attempt to Steal Theo Walcott

Man City and Liverpool have put in bids as Arsenal look set to lose another player.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Manchester City are said to want to lure winger Theo Walcott away from Arsenal, with boss Roberto Mancini reportedly putting in a £12million bid for the 23-year-old English international.

Walcott has refused to renew his contract for the Gunners, with the club now threatening to sell him if he fails to sign the second contract offer they extended to him over the weekend. However, Walcott remains defiant, unhappy with his current contract and dismissing Arsenal's ultimatum. 

Having lost Adam Johnson to Sunderland, Man City are looking for another wideman, and are said to be hoping that they can convince Arsenal to release Walcott following the dispute over his contract. As was the case with Arsenal's hurried selling of Robin van Persie to Manchester United for £22million, they are hoping that they can force the Gunners into a decision with Friday's transfer deadline looming closer. Liverpool are also being linked with the winger.

With Arsenal having already sold Robin van Persie and Alex Song this year it is understandable that they are reluctant to also part ways with Walcott, but if disagrees with the terms of Arsenal's suggested contract and refuses to sign the dotted line, then there is a risk that he could sign a pre-contract with a foreign club and then leave for nothing next summer.

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